Persuasion for institutional change

It requires a great deal of hard work to persuade people that institutional change is needed in the first place, build a coalition in favour of change that can overcome the resistance of existing stakeholders in the old system, and then condition people to accept the new set of behaviours as routine and expected.

I just happened across this line, right at the end of Francis Fukuyama’s The Origins of Political Order. It somehow felt appropriate to post it at the end of this week.

See also this line, which is the best I have seen at dealing with the conflation of personalisation and funding cuts (which is, in my view, an inaccurate conflation.)


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